Top Festivals & Events
- Celebrate the snow at Greenwood’s annual WinterFest on the Valentine’s Day weekend in February.
- Watch a future All Star player in the making at the annual Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament in June
- BMX tournament in Grand Forks in July
- Welcome summer back at the annual Christina Lake Homecoming Summerfest every July
- Celebrate Canada’s smallest city in July at Greenwood’s Founder’s Day Celebration
- Cannafest in Grand Forks in August – hottest classic rock and roll festival in the valley
- Taps and Tappas in August at the Grand Forks Art Gallery 2
- Go on an art adventure during the Kettle River Festival of the Arts in August
- The Grand Forks Fall Fair has been an August tradition since 1910
- Connect with other riders and check-out a roster of live music acts. In August, the annual Rock Creek Boogie Bash is held during the BC Day long weekend
- Pack your tent and your instruments and come to the Greenwood Bluegrass Festival for a weekend of music, camping and family fun in August.
- Play in the Kettle River and sun all day, rock out to live bands from all around BC at night during the Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival in Rock Creek on Labour Day Weekend
- In September, experience the very best of rural BC at the Rock Creek Fall Fair and take is some great live music.
- Kick off the holiday season at the annual Wine Tasting at Gallery 2 at the Grand Forks Heritage Arts Centre in November
- Also in November in the Craft Fair in Greenwood hosted by the Greenwood Public Library
Reasons to Celebrate
Any day in Boundary Country is a reason to celebrate. We’ve got a few ways that are a little more significant than all the rest. Slow dance to cool blues tunes and shake your groove thing in the bush or down by the river. Pull up a lawn chair and cheer on your favourite ball team. While you’re here, come and jam out to live music at our summer festivals. Maybe you’d like to compete in livestock competitions at our fall fairs. There’s also lots of community concerts. So come and meet the locals and join in the fun! We have an entire calendar of special occasions to celebrate; here are just some of the highlights!
WinterFest — Greenwood — February — Valentine’s Weekend
Our prescription to beat cabin fever in winter is to celebrate the snow in all its crisp, white glory. Cold winter days are transformed into warm family memories at Greenwood’s WinterFest when the whole city comes alive under a glittering blanket of snow. Stroll the public snow sculptures and vote on your favourite. Enter your family into the winter games, where sliding on snow and ice is half the fun. Perfect your broomball skills or cheer on Boundary Country’s mayors as they embark on a human dog-sled race. Resist the temptation to stay in by the fire; a whole flurry of activity is waiting in Greenwood.
Grand Forks Invitational Baseball Tournament — Grand Forks — June
Sit in the stands or bring your lawn chair and plenty of sunscreen to cheer on your favourite team. Nosh on hot-dogs…call out “batter, batter, batter UP” as loud as you can. Experience firsthand the sense of camaraderie that occurs when an entire community pitches in to produce an event almost 40 years in the making. The pitcher’s mound at Grand Forks’ James Donaldson Park is where the fastest arms from around western Canada and the US compete for the title of GFI champion. Come out for a game or the whole series, you may just be watching a future All Star player in the making.
Christina Lake Homecoming Summerfest — Christina Lake — July
The water’s not the only thing warm about Christina Lake. So is the hospitality, and never more so than during the annual Christina Lake Homecoming Summer Festival.
Rekindle your favourite summer memories of the lake, or create new ones. Come celebrate local talent, and arts and culture at the water’s edge. Have fun at the markets, the family beach party, the beach volleyball tournament and the boat parade. Try a new water sport for the first time, discover emerging artists and fill up on BBQ in a warm welcome to summer at the lake.
Founder’s Day — Greenwood — July
Celebrate Canada’s smallest city at Greenwood’s annual Founder’s Day festivities. Kick off the morning with a pancake breakfast and then watch the parade as it floats by. Try your hand at gold panning or pie eating. It’s up to you! Immerse yourself in our small city culture and discover a warm celebration that’s authentically Boundary Country!
Celebrate the Arts — District-wide — July and August
Creativity in every form is celebrated at art festivals and events throughout Boundary Country. Connect with the artisans who’ve come from near and far to showcase their work at the Kettle River Festival of the Arts each July and August. Go on an art adventure, traveling Boundary Country’s back roads to artisan studios during the annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour and discover for yourself just how creative our communities can be.
Boogie Bash — Rock Creek — August
You’ll hear their roar, long before you see the bikes roll into Rock Creek celebrating the BC Day long weekend and the annual Boogie Bash. Join in the fun, down by the river at the Rock Creek Fair Grounds. A fundraising weekend for BC’s Association of Injured Riders, it’s a great way to connect with other riders, listen to a full line-up of live musical acts, camp, stay up late, and raise money for a good cause.
Greenwood Music Festival — Greenwood — August
Bring your instruments and camping gear — the Greenwood Bluegrass Festival promises a weekend of music, camping and family-friendly fun each August. Take part in the band scramble, open mics, and gospel sessions. Share a meal around the campfire with new-found, and old friends. Revel in the music that moves you!
Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival — Rock Creek — Labour Day Weekend
Camp down by the river and soak up the sun or cool off in the water. At night rock out to the sounds of some of BC’s best talent on the concert stage at the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival at the Rock Creek Fairgrounds. Part arts festival, part music festival, when you combine them it’s a weekend full of a whole lot of fun.
Fall Fairs — Rock Creek (September) & Grand Forks (August)
The changing colours of the trees signals the start to fall fair season and here in Boundary Country, we’ve got a couple of legendary events to celebrate life on the farm — the Grand Forks Fall Fair in August and September’s Rock Creek Fall Fair.
Dine on your favourite fair food. If it’s hot and comes on a stick, all the better. Laugh along to the greased pig and other livestock competitions. Come cheer on your favourites. Marvel at the mastery of a gymkhana event and two-step to some fine country tunes. You will probably end up rubbing shoulders with the locals. Vote for your favourite pie, or enter your own in the competition. Experience the very best of rural BC at either one of our fall fairs. It doesn’t get much more local than this!
Wine Tasting — Grand Forks — November
Kick off the holiday season at Gallery 2 of the Grand Forks Heritage Arts Centre for the annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Stroll the gallery’s archival photography and pop up to view the current art exhibits. Sample wine made from the Kootenay, Okanagan and Similkameen regions. You can also try our BC craft beer, locally roasted coffees, and savoury hors d’oeuvres. Come and indulge in the arts as we raise funds for the gallery.
When travelling in Boundary Country, look for a comprehensive list of weekly events, activities and festivals posted at area Visitor Centres, tourism businesses, RV parks and also at campgrounds.